Worldwide Driving Laws

Worldwide Car Hire and Driving Information

Tour Clare makes it easy to rent a car worldwide. If you are familiar with the country where you will be driving, you may not need to go to the country pages. Just use the handy booking engine below and you're on your way.

However, if you are unsure of road conditions, laws, security or any number of other things that may plague your dreams, visit our individual country pages for more car hire information.

Argentina Car Rentals and Tours
There is strict enforcement of traffic laws throughout Argentina and you will need an international license if you wish to drive outside Buenos Aires.

A car is good to have if you wish to visit some of the more interesting places on the Island like the unpopulated areas on the north shore.

Australian Car Rentals and Tours
As in Ireland, the right lane on a divided highway is for overtaking.

The autobahn is a highway system in Austria, with a maximum speed of 160 km/h in only a few places.

The Bahamas
Most driving laws are the same as in the UK.

Bahrain has excellent roads and highways in the northern one third of the country but in other parts they are narrow and tortuous.

Driving at night in Barbados is cautioned against because of narrow roads without shoulders.

Warning triangles and fire extinguishers are mandatory. First aid kits are suggested but not required.

Roads in Belize consist mainly of dirt and jungle, and the ones that are paved are frequently crowned and unmarked.

While driving conditions in Brazil vary from area to area, they all have in common the danger factor.

If you need to travel around Cameroon, renting a car may be the safest way to get around the country.

Driving in Canada can be one of the more visual delights of your visit there.

The Cayman Islands
The blood alcohol level is .08 mg/ml (check locally on this) and drunk driving violations are strictly enforced.

If you get high while driving in Chile, make sure it is on the mountain air and not on alcohol.

It is against the law to talk on a cell phone while driving in Colombia but this is not the worst of your problems.

The Congo
Driving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is extremely dangerous.

Costa Rica
Book your car rentals before going to Costa Rica. It can be difficult and very expensive if you try to book after arrival.

Croatia has a zero tolerance level for drinking and driving.

There are different driving laws in the North and South so ask for local information at the reservation desk.

The Czech Republic
If you use a mobile phone, it must be hands free in the Czech Republic.

Use dipped headlights when driving at all times, no matter what time of day.

The Dominican Republic
Because of unruly drivers, operating a car in the Dominican Republic can be somewhat of a Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.

Stay away from the Colombian border (kidnappings) and the northern border (land mines).

Egypt has one of the highest road fatalities per mile driven in the world.

El Salvador
Renting a car in El Salvador may be the safest way to travel.

Fatal traffic accidents in Ethiopia are so common, they are only surpassed by AIDS as the leading cause of death in the country.

When passing through communities, watch out for villagers who gather to sit and talk in small groups right by the side of the road.

Drunk Driving in Finland (over .05 mg/ml), as in Sweden will result in a punishment of one year of hard labor in jail.

The French do love their radar guns so expect them to be hiding around every corner.

Don't run out of gas on the autobahn and keep in mind, uncontrollable urges to give the New York hello to other drivers will result in a fine if you are caught.

Driving laws in Greece seem more of suggestions to the inhabitants rather than out and out rules but they will be enforced for tourists.

Public transportation is inadequate in Guam so the preferred means of travel for tourists is a rental car.

Random checkpoints are set up by terrorists. Always keep your windows closed and doors locked while driving. The Canadian government suggests driving visitors should travel in convoys. Ten-four good buddy.

Because Honduras offers a wide array of mountains, national parks and lovely rivers to visit, off-road vehicles are advised.

Hong Kong
In China, the maximum allowed blood alcohol level is .03 mg/ml.

At 70 km/h, Hungary has one of the lowest speed limits in Europe.

Car Rentals in India
In India, most cars are rented with a driver. This is good because in India there is a high death rate due to traffic accidents.

Be careful when driving in Ireland. The roads are narrow and, in many places, rock walls are on both sides of the road.

In 2006, a new traffic regulation went into effect allowing confiscation of a vehicle if certain traffic laws were broken.

Seatbelts front and rear are required and speeding laws are strictly enforced with immediate fines. If you want to speed in Italy, carry lots of Euros or be a very pretty girl.

Take care when travelling anywhere in Jamaica, and especially when outside urban areas. Crime is everywhere but, unfortunately, the police are not.

Carjacking in Nairobi is common and terrorism is always a concern.

Latvia conforms to the norm with its limits on blood alcohol (.05mg/ml).

Headlights must be on while driving from September 1 through February 28. We're not quite sure what happens in a leap year.

Car rentals in Madagascar are only available in the capital city, Antananarivo and the airport there.

Car accidents are among the leading cause of death in Malawi and, as usual, we suggest you not drink and drive.

Check points for sobriety tests are common in entertainment areas.

Maltese Car Rentals
Malta has one of the lowest maximum speed limit in Europe at 80 kilometres per hour.

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Seat belt laws are strictly enforced and children under 12 years of age are not allowed in the front seat.

We recommend consulting travel advisories when travelling to Mexico.

Off-road vehicles are suggested and the country is relatively safe to travel in.

Cars are driven on the left side of the road in Namibia and driving under the influence is illegal. The Netherlands
Speeding and other traffic offences are subject to high, on-the-spot fines. In some cases your vehicle can even be confiscated.

New Zealand
Cars drive on the left side of the road and you cannot turn left at a red light.

Rental cars are the best way to get around Nicaragua but, again, exercise caution when travelling in rural areas.

The blood alcohol limit is .02 mg/ml which might be achieved by just holding a wine glass.

Buses and taxis are good ways to travel around urban areas but avoid the Diablo Rojos (red devils).

If you liked going on the bumper-car ride when you were young, you'll love Paraguay.

Check travel information before going to Peru because the government may be having trouble with insurgents in some areas.

The Philippines
Roads in the Philippines are crowded and the drivers don't always obey the law.

The country is known for its bad roads, inadequate driving instruction and a plague of drinking and falling asleep behind the wheel.

Puerto Rico
The loudest horn normally has the right of way in intersections in Puerto Rico.

To say driving is Russia is hazardous is a bit of an understatement.

Saudi Arabia
Women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia.

Local drivers tend to be reckless and do not adhere strictly to driving laws.

Serbia stresses child safety and requires you to turn off the engine if you are stopped in a tunnel over one minute.

Driving in Singapore requires a bit of common sense and a great deal of courtesy.

Seatbelts are mandatory for all occupants and children under 12 years of age must ride in the back seat.

South Africa
Non-residents may drive with a valid license from their own country.

South Korea
Drunk driving laws are rigorously enforced and the maximum level of blood alcohol is .05 mg/ml.

Here's an odd law. If you wear spectacles (glasses) you must carry a spare pair in your car at all times.

Sri Lanka
Travel in the north and east is strongly advised against because of fighting between the government and rebel forces.

St Barts
During the tourista season, expect crowed conditions.

St Lucia
Although the roads are generally in good condition in St Lucia, they are poorly marked and many mountain areas are bereft of guard rails.

St Maarten
While this may sound odd, the locals do not take kindly to any molestation of their animals so develop a sense of whimsy when driving there.

During the rainy season, off-road vehicles are necessary if you want to travel outside the cities.

All cars must have their headlights at all times. Dimmed running lights are allowed. The idea in Sweden is to be seen while you drive.

The Swiss pretty much go along with the countries in the EU when it comes to drunk driving (.05 mg/ml) and the maximum speed limit (120 km/h).

Turkey has a rather unusual way of dealing with drunk drivers (over .05 mg/ml). They are taken 20 km out of town and force to walk back. Talk about walking it off.

The roads in Tunisia are generally in good condition and the local drivers are more respectful than they are in many other parts of the world.

The Ukraine
Drunk driving is determined by the smell of alcohol on one's breath and the Ukraine is a zero tolerance country when it comes to drinking and driving.

The United Arab Emirates
It is considered a criminal act to make obscene gestures, like the New York Hello, or hurl rude remarks at other drivers in the UAE even if they deserve it.

The UK
Cell phone use while driving is illegal unless the equipment is entirely hands free.

The maximum speed limit in the USA is 75 mph but only where posted.

Driving under the influence is punishable by license confiscation in certain cases and incarceration in others.

There are gangs throughout the rural areas of the country and kidnapping is common.

Latex gloves are suggested if renting a car in Zimbabwe because, in case of an accident, you may be in contact with someone with AIDS.